Controlling the Internet: Legal and Technical Aspects of the Domain Name System

Last updated October 9, 2003.

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This document written in 1997 is being publicly released October 2003. It revealed a flaw in BIND that gave Network Solutions far greater control over the Internet name space than was commonly realized at the time. The DNS name space was especially politically unstable in 1997, and there was a concern that Network Solutions could take advantage of this flaw, as well as their existing monopoly position to seize control of the Internet name space. I have worked with appropriate parties to rectify this problem, and correctly functioning name servers are now almost universally deployed.
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